For the past two months I have been on bed rest living with the fear that I could go into labor at any moment and have my babies too early. In my heart I’ve always known that they would be okay, but minimizing the amount of time they’d have to spend in the NICU has been my goal all along. Cole spent a little over a week in the NICU after he was born and it felt like an eternity. I have an enormous amount of respect and empathy for families who have to deal with having their babies stay for an extended amount of time. Even when you know your babies are in good hands it is still heart wrenching to leave them at the hospital, watch them get poked and prodded with needles and tubes, and not be able to hold them whenever you want. Here is a picture of Cole, 3 days old, getting bili light treatment in the NICU for jaundice.
At 35 weeks my babies are still several weeks away from being considered full term, but it’s very common for women to deliver twins between 35-37 weeks. By 35 weeks, both babies have full muscle, bone and nerve development and are working to finish up their lungs. In fact, my babies’ lungs have a good chance of being fully developed earlier since I received two steroid shots when I went into preterm labor at 28 weeks. At my appointment with the high risk doctor a couple of weeks ago he told me that if I make it 36 weeks I can be confident that my babies will be born healthy and that it’s safe to move around and get things going!
Since I’m feeling more confident in how the babies are doing I thought it might be “fun” to share an update on how my body is holding up to this twin pregnancy. It has been so different from my pregnancy with Cole in every possible way. I found a fun little questionnaire on Pinterest so I’ll use that as a template:
What are some of your symptoms? The worst symptoms I’m feeling right now are contractions, heart burn, back pain, and belly skin discomfort. I’ve been having contractions for weeks and weeks and they are starting to become really uncomfortable. Many of them I’d even describe as painful! At this point they come every 8 – 12 minutes. The heart burn feels like someone is lighting your chest and throat on fire! The back pain makes it a challenging to move around. My belly skin feels bruised and burned because of how stretched out I am.
Have any stretch marks? I never got stretch marks when I was pregnant with Cole, but they arrived about a week ago this time around. It’s a bummer. I know I’m supposed to say “I’ll wear my stripes proudly!” or “I earned these marks!” but that’s just not how I feel. I’m hoping I can minimize their appearance eventually
Any cravings? I’ve gotten asked this question a lot. I haven’t really had any cravings, but I have been eating a lot more red meat and dairy. I’m a big believer in listening to what your body is asking for so I think all the protein has helped to grow these babies as big as they’ve gotten.
Any food aversions? Peanut butter. From beginning to end.
How has your sleep been? I’m getting up every 1-2 hours to go to the bathroom and it’s tough to get comfortable at night. But overall I feel fine with the amount of sleep I’m getting. Cole hasn’t always been the best sleeper so he’s prepared me well for sleepless nights!
Any guesses when you will go into labor? For whatever reason I’ve had October 3rd in my head for a while. If I don’t go into labor in the next week I’m pretty sure I’ll be in it for the long haul, which is considered 38 weeks for a twin pregnancy at my OB’s office. Life is funny that way…I’ve been doing everything possible to avoid labor and in the end I might not even go into labor on my own!
I hope none of my answers sound like complaints! I’m incredibly grateful that my babies are still safe and growing with each day that passes 🙂